Fra Luca de Pacioli of Borgos Sepolcro.

MORISON, Stanley (1889-1967):

Published by New York: Grolier Club, 1933., 1933
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Frontispiece (photoengraved by Emery Walker), vii, 105 pp; plates; illus. Original 1/4-vellum and boards, top edge gilt, small folio (32 cm). Uncut. Special characters cut and cast by Frederic Goudy. Very Good+, in slipcase (some dampstaining along top edge; the book is not affected). One of 390 copies on Batchelor's hand-made paper, of an edition of 397. The Work of Bruce Rogers 384. 'The ink in Fra Luca is notable for being very rich and dark as can be seen on the remarkable title page. The thick border is quite a deep red, evidence of quality ink and much [re-inking?] since the red typically used for printing is more orange-red. The black ink is its equal, holding its own against the bold border. The ink took a week to dry and the letters often had to be touched up to remove the gloss (Landon, Richard, Humane Letters: Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books and Artist, 86, 88). However, the true uniqueness of this title page can be seen in Roger's mixture of large capitals and smaller hand-drawn capitals, an experiment that clearly pays off as it has been called 'a page that is unique in the history of printing' (Landon 88). All told, this book is one of Rogers' most successful designs' (Stephanie Levasseur, 'Bruce Rogers: Perfectionism at Work'). Haas, I. Bruce Rogers, 162. 'The following pages describe the section of De Divina Proportione which comprises diagrams of the true shapes and proportions of classical Roman letters, and provides some discussion of lettering in the interests of such contemporaries of his [Luca's] as were architects in his native city of Borgo San Sepolcro. This discussion, although not the earliest, forms the first serious treatise of this kind to be printed and became the inspiration of the successive similar works by Albrecht Dürer and by Geoffroy Tory.'. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Fra Luca de Pacioli of Borgos Sepolcro.
Publisher: New York: Grolier Club, 1933.
Publication Date: 1933
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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MORISON, Stanley (1889-1967):
Published by New York: Kraus Reprint, 1969. (1969)
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Book Description New York: Kraus Reprint, 1969., 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Facsimile Reprint of original 1933 edition, which was limited to 397 copies. Frontispiece (originally photoengraved by Emery Walker), vii, 105 pp; plates; illus. Original cloth, small folio (32 cm). Uncut. Special characters cut and cast by Frederic Goudy. Near Fine. The Work of Bruce Rogers 384. 'The ink in Fra Luca is notable for being very rich and dark as can be seen on the remarkable title page. The thick border is quite a deep red, evidence of quality ink and much [re-inking?] since the red typically used for printing is more orange-red. The black ink is its equal, holding its own against the bold border. The ink took a week to dry and the letters often had to be touched up to remove the gloss (Landon, Richard, Humane Letters: Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books and Artist, 86, 88). However, the true uniqueness of this title page can be seen in Roger's mixture of large capitals and smaller hand-drawn capitals, an experiment that clearly pays off as it has been called 'a page that is unique in the history of printing' (Landon 88). All told, this book is one of Rogers' most successful designs' (Stephanie Levasseur, 'Bruce Rogers: Perfectionism at Work'). Haas, I. Bruce Rogers, 162. 'The following pages describe the section of De Divina Proportione which comprises diagrams of the true shapes and proportions of classical Roman letters, and provides some discussion of lettering in the interests of such contemporaries of his [Luca's] as were architects in his native city of Borgo San Sepolcro. This discussion, although not the earliest, forms the first serious treatise of this kind to be printed and became the inspiration of the successive similar works by Albrecht Dürer and by Geoffroy Tory.'. Bookseller Inventory # 23626

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